Hi Arvilla, we are here to talk about your writing. If you were to compare your blog to a comic book hero, who would you choose?
Superman, one of my old favorites. Faster than a speeding verb, more powerful than a dangling participle, able to leap prepositions in a single bound, comes Alphabet Girl, possessing the power to create a story based on a single letter of the alphabet.
You say you’re a writer. Can you tell us what you have been working on?
I’ve been writing my blog for the last couple of years. That has motivated me to take it up a notch and I am working on a novel.
What is it about?
Though I’m not ready to give a synopsis, I can say it is about small town life in the 1950s. There are no superheroes in it.
When do you expect to finish?
I thought I’d be ready to send it off to an agent last year (2013), but that didn’t happen. It’s been a dry spell; my world is parched and dry due to an alien invasion of the Alphabetonians who ran out of letters on their planet and came to earth to steal some of ours. Or in another story Alphabet girl must have fallen asleep, fallen under the curse by the evil queen of Blogland but I’m hoping for a prince to come and give me a new brain (or was that Frankenstein). In the meantime I will search for a small oasis where I can continue my work. And use my powerful force to go on with my writing.
If you could turn back the clock, choose anytime to go back to when would that be?
I enjoy reading stories of the American frontier, so it might be fun to pretend I’m on a wagon train coming to California. But I would have to bring along my modern conveniences, coffee pot, cell phone. (text message : made it 2 the top of Pikes Peek. fantastic view. )
Seriously, I loved my first years of teaching. It was in a two room school-house in California’s Sierra foothills. That’s also when I met a man new to our district Turned out we had a lot in common including the fact he had taught in a three room school (in Redding). We got married the next year. That was almost 50 years ago.
So, you like reading about the frontier. Do you get any inspiration there?
What stands out most is the attitude they must have had to overcome all the hardships they face. Hope must have played a huge part. That might be a new title for me. “Hope on the Horizon.
Where do your titles come from?
I like the challenges provided by WordPress–and other daily prompts. Some of them come from just being open to ideas that float through my head. I have to grab them quick and write them there. There are many still hanging around out there to inspire if I can only capture them. Often an idea leads to a chain of thoughts or events that come together for a post. And of course there is my personal alphabet challenge.
It’s been nice chatting with you. If you had a piece of advice to leave with us what would it be?
Writing is like learning to swim. You can put your toes in, tread the shallow end, but you’ll be tempted to retreat. Better just to toss fear aside, jump in the deep end, enjoy the jolt and then write like your life depended on it.